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Welcome to Judicial Council Watcher!

Who we are – political commentary reporters with backgrounds in technology, government intelligence and construction attacking an institution that is bleeding corruption at the highest levels. Note: We also publish ghostwriters, named journalists and others who write articles for us.

Why don’t you use your real names? – We don’t wish our next speeding ticket to transform into a capital offense because we halfheartedly believe the people in charge of this corrupt system have that much juice.

What is your objective? – To dismantle the apparatus encouraging corruption and to ensure reforms to make such an endeavor difficult to launch in the future. Our secondary objective is to expose the corruption and to ensure that the corruption leads to prosecution. We initially set out to put a spotlight on what we believed to be about 8 billion dollars of spending by an agency clearly frought with fraud, waste, abuse and public corruption and accountable to no one.

Since our inception we’re re-defined ourselves to be “California’s 10 6.5 billion dollar reality check” because CCMS costs continue to explode in magnitude and the AOC’s office of court construction and management still pays $409.00 for clock batteries. We look at it as ten 6.5 billion dollars of wasteful spending without transparency or accountability. Accordingly, all 10 billion must be removed from their hands and a regime change must take place that replaces most all directors and most, if not all of the management in at least two programs: Construction and Information Services.

We are not against the programs themselves, just the gross mismanagement of them.

Firing whistleblowers in programs such as these is like mixing in a tactical nuclear weapon into a fireworks display on the 4th of July. It is something that just isn’t right, it’s something that you pay attention to and it’s something that just might have attracted the attention of others who might have a stake in reforms, like the rest of the judicial branch and the people of the State of California. All of these terminations attracted our attention and there are dozens more we haven’t listed or made much reference to.

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This blog seeks to present to the reader serious issues regarding the public’s trust in the judiciary and California’s judicial branch of government. The people whom are ultimately responsible for California’s judicial branch are the members of the Judicial Council of California and their administrative arm known as the AOC or the Administrative Office of the Courts. Although some may view this blog as a threat to the independence of the judiciary, I view this blog as a punchlist of items that the Judicial Council needs to address and the AOC needs to take care of in a legitimate fashion.

Threats to the judiciary come from outside intervention on the judicial branch’s own failure to act, not from dissention in the ranks.

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“The germ of destruction of our nation is in the power of the judiciary, an irresponsible body — working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdication, until all shall render powerless the checks of one branch over the other and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

–Thomas Jefferson (1821)

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4 Responses “About & Privacy” →

  1. unionman575

    August 11, 2012

    New readers find the JCW secure contact form here.

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  2. unionman600

    September 29, 2012

    There is a proposal being submitted to the AOC to Repair Larson control system and hedonic piping. Why would they need to repair a plant that work for over two year? The plant and control system need to be restored to its original state by someone that know what to do. There is discussion about replacing the wiring for the control system has been approved by Echlon and the AOC is aware of it. The hydroid system needs to be repaired not reengineered. The plant had the Chilled water storage tank as part of it and the chiller ran only at night. The chiller could not run during the day without failing do to part loading. The contractor is just grabbing at straws. The AOC should bring back the original team to repair the system. They need to do what right for the building. The Fire smoke system have failures and the building need to have a fire watch until repaired.

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    • Unionman600, you are new, aren’t you. You’ll find there’s no need to double-post. Your contribution is valued. Welcome!

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  3. LETS PUT SOME ATTENTION TO SOME TRUTH…

    Regarding the AOC contracting for attorneys of Juvenile Dependency cases…..the AOC spends in excess of 105 million per year on these court appointed “Juvenile Dependency Attorneys.”

    The problem is the Judicial Branch should have no such responsibility according to the American Bar Association, which claims that once a judge is in a position to influence the appointed attorneys compensation, the attorneys loyalty shifts to the judge and not the client. SEE RULE 5.54….
    In fact no other appointed attorney process in California is under the financial control of the courts except Juvenile Dependency….even Juvenile Delinquency is under the executive branch….where it belongs….

    This is undue influence is precisely what has occurred since the AOC adopted, as directed by the Judicial Council, the Juvenile Dependency DRAFT Program….it is an unethical obligation put on the courts by the California Legislature in error with the consolidation of the courts…under the government code…..which the Judicial Branch should have rejected….

    WHY….because the California Constitution prohibits the Judicial Council from making or promulgating rules or processes that are inconsistent with Statute!

    Since Welfare and Institutions Code section 218 says that the county shall pay for appointed Juvenile Dependency attorneys and such payment is to be “approved by the trial court” …how in law and in compliance with the California Constitution, under (WIC sec 218) can the Administrative Office of the Courts, the AOC be paying for these attorneys????

    How can the AOC be the only entity under its DRAFT program to be the only entity approving the bills of the appointed attorneys….

    Easy….like in Alameda County, these appointed attorneys collect their pay currently….
    ….. after several changes from the original cost cutting scheme (done to deprive attorneys of “reasonable compensation to lower state cost…ie they used to get paid hourly for each case with no cap, and are now , after a failed previous payment plan that was capped, paid a sum relative to the total number of cases they are appointed to) …the result is independent zealous advocate attorney performance is not just lacking but completely abandoned….WHY?

    Let me explain how it works…..

    Every appointed attorney in the Juvenile Dependency DRAFT program…does the least to get by…which means makes an appearance and never even conducts client attorney meetings except immediately outside the courtroom before the hearing…and maintains a P.O Box for an office…keeping overhead to virtually nothing……because they also control the fox guarding the hen house….as one member of their contracting firm is responsible for insuring that they perform adequately for their clients….and the poor schlubs who are clients are never told who to complain to IF they dont think their attorney is doing something for them…ie ineffective assistance of counsel….

    Thanks to the “sealing of Juvenile Dependency files ….which keeps this truth covered up…

    This is great work if you can get it..doing absolutely nothing but appearing in court and get paid an average of $140,000 per year..here is how it works…with no real effort….

    Nearly every appointed attorney conducts ZERO investigation of the facts for the client…files ZERO responsive pleadings on behalf of their clients….and Child Protective Services gets away with outrageous conduct and has the adept hand of the respective County Counsel to keep it that way….after all there is ZERO challenge from the appointed attorneys….

    THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MARSDEN MOTION GRANTED TO AN INDIGENT JUVENILE DEPENDENCY CLIENT IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA EVER….how is that possible with over a hundred thousand cases involving over 200,000 parents and even more children????

    I searched the records for only the last 10 years….and can find no successful Marsden motion, for those that don’t know …Marsden motion is the method used to remove an Appointed attorney for ineffective assistance…..which IF granted would require a report by the Judicial Officer who grants such a motion to report the attorney to the California BAR….NEVER happened…and NEVER will under this scheme to defraud the California Taxpayer……

    Since the AOC has it written into the contract agreements that they can “investigate and check on any attorney and his work….they don’t have the time to actually see IF any motions were actually filed or IF any action was done…the only real thing they check is does the case number exist and was that attorney assigned and appointed to the case….the result…the poor and stupid incompetent people hauled into Juvenile Court get a paper puppet for a lawyer and get screwed and the attorneys collect fraudulently from the California Taxpayer money they have not earned for “providing legal assistance”….how else can you reduce the cost of appointed attorneys below any reasonable cost for compensation and get away with it…..and which appointed attorney is going to ADMIT to his or her complicity (with their peers as well) in this scheme that defrauds….. and expose it…..so far NONE…..

    DOES ANYONE GIVE A DAMN?

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